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Star: Have a Heart and Get Checked

October 4, 2008

COMEDIAN Ricky Tomlinson today urged all men at risk of coronary heart disease to get themselves checked out.

The Liverpool comic actor is fronting a new campaign from Lloydspharmacy called Ten Years Longer.

The 69-year-old was diagnosed with heart disease after his wife insisted he went to the doctor for a check-up.

He underwent a quadruple heart by-pass at Broadgreen Hospital’s Cardiothoracic Centre last year.

The Royle Family star said: “Men think illness is the same as weakness and it’s not very manly to be ill. The trouble with that is that if you ignore your health then you are more likely to get very ill indeed.

“If women will go on a TV show to look 10 years younger, then men can go to a pharmacy to live 10 years longer.”

Lloydspharmacy offers a cholesterol and heart check at 625 of its pharmacies across the UK.

The check, which takes place in a private consultation area, takes 15 minutes and gives an instant report on the person’s risk of developing heart disease over the next 10 years and practical advice about what to do next.

No appointment is necessary.

The campaign was launched to coincide with a study which found Coronary Heart Disease will rob British men of more than 16.5 million years of life.

Early detection could lead to more than a quarter of those years being saved.

The was compiled by Dr David Grainger, a heart disease researcher at Cambridge University.

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